The Lifecycle of a Drawing

When people draw, their artwork usually goes through a series of steps before it’s considered finished. Of course, not every picture goes through every step, as different artists have their own system. Generally speaking, there are five distinctive steps that go into making a quality image. Here is an overview …

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How to find the center of an object

Sometimes you need to find the center of an object. For example, you may be drawing things orbiting around something else. In any case, finding the center of an object is pretty easy to do freehand. To find the center of a square or rectangle, just connect the corners diagonally, …

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A few words on perfection

No matter how hard you try, how much effort you put into a work or how much time you devote to your art, it will never be perfect. Nobody creates perfect art; every artist that has or will ever take up their tools will eventually find something wrong with everything …

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Tips for using Pencils for your artwork

From the classic number 2 to the more specialized variants, pencils are a very popular and very strongly recommended tool for any artist. The number on a pencil is actually somewhat important; it refers to how hard the lead in the pencil is, and number 2 is the most common …

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Tips for using Mechanical Pencils for your artwork

Back when I was in school, nobody really used mechanical pencils for anything. However, they are a very practical choice for drawing, especially when you’re doing the layout or sketching phases. A useful benefit of these pencils is that you only need to get new lead when they run out; …

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Tips for using Markers for your artwork

An artist is always in need of a way to draw bold lines and fill large areas with color. Ink usually does the job best, and so it’s not very surprising that several different means of working with ink have become popular over the years. One of the more popular …

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Tips for using Crayons for your artwork

When it comes to drawing things, crayons are probably one of the most well known and beloved of mediums. Just about everyone has spent some time using them to color a picture or draw something new. Besides, who doesn’t remember enjoying the smell of a fresh pack of crayons when …

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Tips for using Calligraphy Pens for your artwork

Fancier and more expensive than your typical everyday pen, these pens are extremely versatile and can be used to create many different effects and line styles. Unlike most drawing implements, these pens can be customized to fit the task at hand. This is done by replacing the tip, called a …

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Tips on using Ballpoint Pens for your artwork

Ballpoint pens are a common sight in an office setting, but aren’t the sort of thing you’d expect to be using for drawing. It turns out though that they are a fairly popular medium despite their apparent drawbacks. With a little practice, they can be a very useful tool for …

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